KOMPAS.com - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday, Feb. 12 ordered the shutdown of one of the last few local independent news outlets.
He claimed that the organization, The Voice of Democracy (VOD), had intentionally slandered him and his son in an article about the country's relief assistance to earthquake victims in Turkey.
VOD will no longer have a license to publish or broadcast from 10:00 a.m. local time on Monday, Feb. 13, the prime minister said in a Facebook statement.
Hun Sen offended by VOD
In an article published Wednesday, VOD quoted government spokesperson Phay Siphan as saying that Hun Sen's son — Hun Manet — had signed the $100,000 aid agreement on behalf of the prime minister.
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Hun Manet is the joint chief of staff and deputy commander for the country's armed forces. He has been nominated by the ruling party to succeed his father in future elections.
By signing such an agreement, Hun Manet appeared to have overstepped the bounds of his position.
The prime minister initially gave VOD 72 hours to verify the facts with the Ministry of Information and demanded a public apology.
VOD sent a letter to Hun Sen's Cabinet saying it was sorry for any confusion it may have caused and explained that the organization had only quoted a government spokesperson.